Sports trainers are integral to player safety.

2011 AFL/SMA Sports Trainers Courses

Sports injuries can be costly.  Injuries mean sidelined players, lengthy rehabilitation and often poor team performance.  It is therefore crucial not to underestimate the importance of sport safety.

Sports trainers and sports first aiders are an integral part of all sports. They play a vital role in ensuring the safety of all participants. Through their knowledge, skills and involvement, injuries are minimised, keeping players in action, which contributes to sporting success.

For those interested, Sports Medicine Australia in conjunction with the AFL will be running specific sports trainers courses at Hawthorn Football Club during October.

AFL Emergency Response Coordinators Course

Wednesday 12th October - evening

The inaugural running of this new three hour course is designed to train participants to a level where they are competent to oversee football matches and provide appropriate management of any injuries that may occur at the ground.

Level 1 Sports Trainer Course

Sunday 16th and Sunday 23rd October

This two day course equips those interested to become a fully registered sports trainer. 

Sports First Aid Course (HLTFA301B – Apply First Aid)

Sunday 9th of October

Prior to undertaking an AFL Emergency Response Coordinator Course or the Level 1 Sports Trainer Course participants will require a current First Aid Certificate. For those who do not hold this certificate a Sports First Aid Course will be offered.

Advanced Sports Taping

Wednesday 26th of October.

  • Hawthorn Football Club, Waverley Park, Melways Ref: 80 H2
Further information

For further information on these courses please call Sports Medicine Australia on: (03) 9674 8777 or visit SMA’s website:

For more information please call Sports Medicine Australia on 03 9674 8777 or email

Finding work at a football club once qualified

Once completed, course participants will be qualified to work as a sports trainer/sports first aider. With many clubs searching for sports trainers/sports first aiders each year there are opportunities regularly arising for new qualified trainers/first aiders. For more information about finding employment as a sports trainer/sports first aider please contact Steve Oosterhof at Sports Medicine Australia on 03 9674 8777 or view the list of current vacancies.

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